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Cole, Charles

Entry updated 29 October 2021. Tagged: Author.

(?   -?   ) US author of Visitors from Mars: A Narrative (1901), whose protagonist, frustrated after the failure of his Invention, a heavier-than-air plane, to win earthly success, is approached by a small man from Mars, who persuades him to visit. On arrival, the protagonist is made welcome to the Martian Utopia, whose inhabitants are vegetarian, atheist, extremely relaxed about Sex, and Immortal. For aeons they have attempted to teach humans on earth how to live, but Religion and other barriers to peace have prevented any Uplift. Even the introduction of a Mars-educated Christ is a failure, and "He" must be rescued at the last moment. The protagonist then meets a woman he had known before; after they have married, they return to Earth, hoping to save us. [JC]

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